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Friday, August 26, 2011

Newsdome: Car bomb kills 16 at the Nigerian U.N. building

Naoto Kan
>> A car bomb went off outside the U.N. building in Nigeria today, leveling an entire wing which housed 400 workers. So far 16 deaths have been confirmed. The radical Muslim group Boko Haram is thought to be behind the blast. When will good news ever come out of Nigeria? (the New York Times)

>> Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, unpopular following his insufficient response to the tsunami, resigned today after serving for only 15 months. He's Japan's seventh prime minister in five years. Still can't compete with Creative Loafing's nine publishers in ten years. (Voice of America)

>> Syrian forces opened fire on protesters calling for President Bashar al-Assad to step down today, killing at least two. This comes a day after the country's best known political cartoonist, Ali Ferzat, was attacked. Reminds me: America needs better political cartoonists. (Voice of America)

>> "The United States wanted to provide Libya with the equipment it needs for its ... security." Nope, that's not referring to rebel forces, but a quote from 2009. Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman promised to arm Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi as long as he gave up weapons on mass destruction. Good one, guys. (Politico)

>> And finally: JP Morgan must pay $88.3 million to the Treasury Department for egregiously violating sanctions with Cuba, Iran and Sudan. Today's settlement comes after the bank had to pay $153.6 million in June and $228 million in July. Wall Street unlawful? Well I never. (Dealbook)

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